Course Details

Title Engineer and Society
Field of Study Engineering
Professor Ki Pyung Kim (ki.kim@unisa.edu.au)
Type Academic course
Delivery Type Online Track (100% online course): Real-timeReal-time
Credits 3
Contact hours 45
Schedule Evening
Course code ISS1041
Course number 18032

Engineers are expected to deliver technologies to society considering the safety and welfare of humankind and the environment. Leadership and professionalism are also expected from engineers to provide considerate guidance on technologies. As technological advances created by engineers can be both positive and negative in its impacts on society, engineers have responsibility and obligation to make ethical decisions for these impacts. While most of decisions could be uncomplicated, there are some hard decisions creating internal and external ethical conflicts. Engineers could face conflicting ethics obligations to society, clients and colleagues, which makes ethical decisions more difficult and complicated. Therefore, engineers should be prepared to make difficult and complex ethical decisions, and this course focuses on developing knowledge to make ethical decisions and communication skills by utilizing real-world case study and exercises which is ethically challenging.


Students will become familiar with various discussions and practices for dealing with engineering ethics challenges. Students will learn about ethical decision-making, professional codes of ethics, intellectual property rights and sustainable development. In addition, engineering in global and multi-cultural contexts will be explored and understood as well. Through this course, students will understand the meaning of engineering and its impacts on society, and will be prepared to make ethically proper decisions in the context of science and engineering applications locally and globally.


(1) Understand the historyof engineering and its impact upon society.

(2) Understand the engineer’s responsibility for the safety of the public, workplacesafety and the protection of the environment.

(3) Understand the ethical issues faced by engineers in global and multi-cultural work environments and developeffective communication skills required forengineers through casestudiesand in-class discussions.

(4) Understand a team dynamic and learn how to work individually and collaboratively.


Pre-knowledge are not required.

Materials: Course materials will be provided by the instructor. Textbook is not required.

Lesson Plan
Class 1: Introduction to Engineer and Society
Class 2: What is Engineering?
Class 3: Engineers in Organization
Class 4: Roles and Responsibilities of an Engineer
Class 5: Management and Leadership
Class 6: Creativity in Engineering
Class 7: Midterm exam
Class 8: Technical Competency
Class 9: Ethics in Engineering
Class 10: Engineering and Sustainability
Class 11: Corporate Social Responsibility
Class 12: Professionalism
Class 13: Health, Safety and Welfare
Class 14: Engineering in a Global Environment
Class 15: Final Exam
Last Updated April 15, 2021
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